Public Health Nursing Professor Stephanie Chalupka ’80, Ed.D., received the 2019 Medique Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Dr. Chalupka is director of WSU’s Master of Science in Nursing Program and is a visiting scholar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s NIEHS Center for Environmental Health and is a visiting scientist at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit).
Dr. Chalupka is a scholar in the fields of epidemiology, public health, and environmental health. She the author of several scientific publications and book chapters in occupational and environmental health including the AAOHN Core Curriculum in Environmental Health for Nurses. She has presented papers on environmental health at numerous national and international nursing, occupational health, and public health conferences. She serves on the editorial advisory board and as a peer reviewer for several scientific publications including the American Journal of Nursing, Workplace Health & Safety, Research in Nursing & Health, International Nursing Review, American Journal of Infection Control, and the Journal of the American Public Health Association.
Her research aims to reduce and prevent harmful occupational and environmental exposures to children and underserved disproportionately impacted low income, minority, and tribal communities, and support community efforts to build healthy, sustainable green neighborhoods.
Chalupka has served as an appointed member of the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee and as a consultant for the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. She serves as an Education and Research Center site visitor for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as an accreditation site evaluator for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She currently serves as an environmental health nursing expert consultant to the International Council of Nurses.
Chalupka is an elected fellow of the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Occupational Health Nursing. She was the 2012 recipient of the Charlotte Brody Award and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 2017 Public Health Nurse Clinical Specialist of the Year Award.